Incongruity means out of place — something that doesn't fit in its location or situation. The art show patrons couldn't help but chuckle at the incongruity of a toilet sitting in the middle of an exhibition of Renaissance paintings.

An incongruity is very different from everything around it, to the point of being inappropriate to the situation. A cat at a dog's birthday party would be an incongruity, as would a pacifist at a meeting of the War Lovers' Society. Incongruity is the idea that something is incongruous, or inappropriate. A purple towel is an incongruity in an all black-and-white bathroom.

Definitions of incongruity

n the quality of disagreeing; being unsuitable and inappropriate

congruence, congruity, congruousness
the quality of agreeing; being suitable and appropriate
incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs
Socratic irony
admission of your own ignorance and willingness to learn while exposing someone's inconsistencies by close questioning
Type of:
the quality of being unable to exist or work in congenial combination

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